Wests Tigers’ Kyle Lovett pleads guilty to having cocaine in his underpants

Drug offence: Kyle Lovett has avoided a conviction for having a small amount of cocaine. Photo: Getty ImagesKyle Lovett’s night on the town started at The Ivy nightclub, and ended in an alleybeing strip-searched by police.
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Officers questioned the Wests Tigers forward while he was sitting at the wheel of a black Mercedes Benz near The Star casino, in Pyrmont, about 1.20amon December 23.

Policepulled him over in anarea known to be used for drug deals, andnoticed he was “sweating profusely” and clenching his jaw, according to a statement of facts before Downing Centre Local Court.

They found white powder in the driver’s seat and footwell, and the passenger’s side footwell, before taking Lovett into an alcove to strip search him.

When asked if he had any drugs in his underwear, he said: “I’ll be honest with you, I do.”

Officers found a small bag of cocaine in his underpants, and charged him with possessing about 0.39 grams of the drug.

Police also found a blue and white MDMA capsule on the road under the car, but Lovett said “I don’t touch that stuff.”

He had a wad of cash on him, which he said was casino winnings.

Lovett, 23, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty.

His lawyer, George Elias, told magistrate Janet Wahlquist​ it was Lovett’s first offence, and he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

“I’d ask you to give him one chance,” Mr Elias said.

“He comes before you as a person who is extremely remorseful.”

Mr Elias said Lovett had to face the NRL integrity unit, and he didn’t know what the future held for his career.

Ms Wahlquist said she took into account Lovett’s youth, his clean criminal history, his remorse, and his early guilty plea.

She did not record a conviction, and handed down a six-month good behaviour bond.

The magistrate said everyone was treated equally in the court system, regardless of their occupation.

“Usually for young people I’m prepared to give leniency. Young people often experiment and do use a small amount of drugs.

“You should know that it’s a danger, as it’s quite commonly said, there’s no quality control.

“I’m prepared to give you the benefit of leniency, it was a small quantity … you have an otherwise bright future.”

Lovett is contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2017, but it was rumoured the club was attempting to force him out in a bid to ease salary-cap pressure.

He was supported by his parents and a team welfare officer in court, and thanked the magistrate as he left the courtroom.

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Wests Tigers’ Kyle Lovett pleads guilty to having cocaine in his underpants

Drug offence: Kyle Lovett has avoided a conviction for having a small amount of cocaine. Photo: Getty ImagesKyle Lovett’s night on the town started at The Ivy nightclub, and ended in an alleybeing strip-searched by police.
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Officers questioned the Wests Tigers forward while he was sitting at the wheel of a black Mercedes Benz near The Star casino, in Pyrmont, about 1.20amon December 23.

Policepulled him over in anarea known to be used for drug deals, andnoticed he was “sweating profusely” and clenching his jaw, according to a statement of facts before Downing Centre Local Court.

They found white powder in the driver’s seat and footwell, and the passenger’s side footwell, before taking Lovett into an alcove to strip search him.

When asked if he had any drugs in his underwear, he said: “I’ll be honest with you, I do.”

Officers found a small bag of cocaine in his underpants, and charged him with possessing about 0.39 grams of the drug.

Police also found a blue and white MDMA capsule on the road under the car, but Lovett said “I don’t touch that stuff.”

He had a wad of cash on him, which he said was casino winnings.

Lovett, 23, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty.

His lawyer, George Elias, told magistrate Janet Wahlquist​ it was Lovett’s first offence, and he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

“I’d ask you to give him one chance,” Mr Elias said.

“He comes before you as a person who is extremely remorseful.”

Mr Elias said Lovett had to face the NRL integrity unit, and he didn’t know what the future held for his career.

Ms Wahlquist said she took into account Lovett’s youth, his clean criminal history, his remorse, and his early guilty plea.

She did not record a conviction, and handed down a six-month good behaviour bond.

The magistrate said everyone was treated equally in the court system, regardless of their occupation.

“Usually for young people I’m prepared to give leniency. Young people often experiment and do use a small amount of drugs.

“You should know that it’s a danger, as it’s quite commonly said, there’s no quality control.

“I’m prepared to give you the benefit of leniency, it was a small quantity … you have an otherwise bright future.”

Lovett is contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2017, but it was rumoured the club was attempting to force him out in a bid to ease salary-cap pressure.

He was supported by his parents and a team welfare officer in court, and thanked the magistrate as he left the courtroom.

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Killer’s bizarre stories

MISSED: Renee Mitchell in a photograph taken in the early 2000s. She was found stabbed to death in Bangalay Reserve in November, 2014. Picture: Supplied
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Murderer’s killer pastSloane found guilty of murderGrand tales of a killerJustice for aged-care workerONLY minutes after he was arrested for the murder of Renee Mitchell, Graham Anthony George Sloane told detectives he was a comedian heading off on the road.

Then during a rambling recorded interview at Charlestown police station, Mr Sloane, now 68, made a series of bizarre statements and allegations, ranging from collaborating with police in Queensland to “set-up” a paedophileto the time he had survived a helicopter crash and another when he’d outlasted “being blown up by a grenade”.

However, he also appeared to try and deflect attention away from himself, telling detectives his blood-covered shoes had been borrowed by a neighbour the night before as well as making disparaging comments about Mrs Mitchell’s family.

A jury of nine women and three men were on Wednesday played the audio recording during Mr Sloane’s roadside arrest at Cardiff on November 12, 2014, and the subsequent electronicallyrecorded interview.

At one point, Mr Sloane tells police how they can catch the killer.

“If you find that wallet, you’ve found the killer,” Mr Sloane said of his wallet, which he said he had given to Mrs Mitchell.

The jury had heard on Tuesday that a wallet was found at Mr Sloane’s premises.“Give me five minutes with him,” Mr Sloane said of Mrs Mitchell’s killer.

“You could look away and I’ll cut his head off.

“Without any hesitation at all. “And I’ll show you how to do it without getting caught.”

Mr Sloane’s police interview and the way he was behaving around the time of Mrs Mitchell’s death is pertinent in the trial because the 68-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murder by reason of substantial impairment.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Tuesday, admitting to stabbing Mrs Mitchell and dumping her in a Windale park on November 11, 2014.The jury will be asked to decide whether Mr Sloane was suffering from an “abnormality of the mind” at the time of the killing, meaning his capacity to understand events, judge right from wrong or control himself wassubstantially impaired by mental illness.

If they make that determination, then the jury will be asked whether his capacity to control himself – the central issue to the case –was so substantially impaired that it would reduce what was otherwise murder to manslaughter.

Graham Anthony George Sloane during his police interview.

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Wests Tigers’ Kyle Lovett pleads guilty to having cocaine in his underpants

Drug offence: Kyle Lovett has avoided a conviction for having a small amount of cocaine. Photo: Getty ImagesKyle Lovett’s night on the town started at The Ivy nightclub, and ended in an alleybeing strip-searched by police.
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Officers questioned the Wests Tigers forward while he was sitting at the wheel of a black Mercedes Benz near The Star casino, in Pyrmont, about 1.20amon December 23.

Policepulled him over in anarea known to be used for drug deals, andnoticed he was “sweating profusely” and clenching his jaw, according to a statement of facts before Downing Centre Local Court.

They found white powder in the driver’s seat and footwell, and the passenger’s side footwell, before taking Lovett into an alcove to strip search him.

When asked if he had any drugs in his underwear, he said: “I’ll be honest with you, I do.”

Officers found a small bag of cocaine in his underpants, and charged him with possessing about 0.39 grams of the drug.

Police also found a blue and white MDMA capsule on the road under the car, but Lovett said “I don’t touch that stuff.”

He had a wad of cash on him, which he said was casino winnings.

Lovett, 23, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty.

His lawyer, George Elias, told magistrate Janet Wahlquist​ it was Lovett’s first offence, and he accepted full responsibility for his actions.

“I’d ask you to give him one chance,” Mr Elias said.

“He comes before you as a person who is extremely remorseful.”

Mr Elias said Lovett had to face the NRL integrity unit, and he didn’t know what the future held for his career.

Ms Wahlquist said she took into account Lovett’s youth, his clean criminal history, his remorse, and his early guilty plea.

She did not record a conviction, and handed down a six-month good behaviour bond.

The magistrate said everyone was treated equally in the court system, regardless of their occupation.

“Usually for young people I’m prepared to give leniency. Young people often experiment and do use a small amount of drugs.

“You should know that it’s a danger, as it’s quite commonly said, there’s no quality control.

“I’m prepared to give you the benefit of leniency, it was a small quantity … you have an otherwise bright future.”

Lovett is contracted with the Tigers until the end of 2017, but it was rumoured the club was attempting to force him out in a bid to ease salary-cap pressure.

He was supported by his parents and a team welfare officer in court, and thanked the magistrate as he left the courtroom.

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Santos submits Narrabri CSG plan amid sale speculation

Bibblewindi water storage ponds in the Pilliga forest, part of the infrastructure for Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas project.AFTER years of delays, gas developer Santos has finally submitted development plans for its Narrabri project in and around the Pilliga forest to NSW government.
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The company saysthe project will deliver supply security and construction jobs to the State.But opponents claim the company is seekingapproval to boost the prospects of the project, givenSantos haswritten down the value of the project by$1 billion.

Santos’ major planning assessment document for the project, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), waslodged with NSW Planning on Wednesday morning.The Department typically reviews EIS documents for several weeksbefore they are made public and submissions are opened.

Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher was quoted in a statement on the Australian Securities Exchangewhich said had “spent time producing a comprehensive EIS so the local Narrabri community and stakeholders can be confident the environment and water will be protected as the project is developed”.

The statementsaid CSG be located on about 1000 hectares in and around the Pilliga forest near Narrabri. About 60 per cent of the project area covers landset aside by State government for forestry, the rest on privately held farmland.Santos signed a statement to government and farm groups which committed not force entry on any privately-held land.

“The EIS has concluded the Project can proceed safely with minimal and manageable risk to the environment,” Mr Gallagher said.

“(D)evelopment of new natural gas resources is crucial in assisting Australia’s move towards a clean energy future. In NSW alone, more than one million homes and 33,000 businesses rely on natural gas as a source of energy.”

The project was create 1300 jobs during construction, with around 200 ongoing jobs, and deliver up to $1.2 billion in state royalties over its lifetime, Santos said.

In December 2016 Santos announced it would package its second-tier assets into a separate division, including the Narrabriproject, sparking speculation the projects could be sold.

TheAustralian Financial Reviewreported at the time the”sweat or exit” strategy for assets in the non-core business, may be sold. But the company denied there were plans to sell the Narrabri project.

Australian Petroleum Producers and Exploration Association chief executive Dr Malcolm Roberts said it “is important some fundamental facts are not lost in the post-truth, social media frenzy from activists” –namely the claimed benefits of the project and the rigour of its scientific assessment.

Sale speculationGas consultant for pro renewable energyInstitute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Bruce Robertson said the Narrabri project “is clearly for sale”.

Mr Robertson cited Santos’mid-year statement to the market last year, Santos cited a net impairment loss of $4 millionrelating to Gunnedahexploration and evaluation assets.

“The impairment charges have arisen primarily as a consequence of the reduction or delay in future capital expenditure that diminishes or removes the path to commercialisation,” Santos reported.

According to Mr Robertson, Santos are “trying to pretty it (the Narrabri project) up for sale” with an EIS approval.

“But I doubt anyone will but it. It will be high cost production at a time when people don’t want it. There is a global LNG glut at the moment,” Mr Robertson.

Local reactionsLocal opinion is divided by the Narrabri project. Local lobby groupYes2Gas began two years ago to support Santos.

Spokesperson is Louise Tout professionalfly-in-fly-out protesters“have upset the local residents and have galvanised support for the project”, as residents looked forward to the developments’ economic benefits.

Lock the GateNSW coordinator Georgina Woods said the project“makes no sense economically, socially, politically or environmentally and it is our hope that it soon falls over under the weight of public opposition and economic absurdity.”

Local Lock the Gate spokeswoman Megan Kuhn,Bundella, said

“For years the communities of the North West NSW region have shown we are staunchly opposed to CSG development and the risks it brings to our farms, our livelihoods, and our families’ health. The Government needs to listen to the community and reject this project.”

Political fallout“This is a huge test for Premier Berejiklian who should clarify whether she will support the development,” said Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham.

“The NSW Government were punished for supporting this industry at the last state election and can expect similar electoral pain if they do not change course.”

NSW Labor resources spokesmanAdam Searle said“Labor’s position on CSG is clear”. The company has a Bill before parliament to banonshore gas in sensitive areas, include recharge areas of the Artesian Basin.

“We want an immediate statewide moratorium that is not lifted unless the industry is proven to be safe…Labor in government would never grant a production licence for its Narrabri project.”

Santos sinking a water monitoring bore in the Pilliga.

Pipeline plansPipeline operator APA Group has announced a $500 million deal for a pipleline to connect the Narrabri project to NSW main gas artery, which runs from Moomba in South Australia in Sydney.The deal is contingent on the Narrabri project’s development.

The 450 kilometre pipeline would run south from Narrabri past Nyngan to connect with the Moomba pipeline South West of Condobolin.A fact sheet on the pipleline project said while a proposed route had been identified, the final plan was yet to be finalised.

But APA said it is in the process of identifying all landholders and leaseholders in the vicinity of the proposed route.

“If you are in this category we will be making contact with you in the near future to arrange a detailed briefing,” APA’s factsheet said.

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